|Presidential State Car|
Ford Fusion Hybrid in the presidential
motorcade in June 2019
|Type||Ford Fusion Hybrid|
|Manufacturer||Ford Motor Company|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door sedan|
|Platform||Ford CD4 platform|
Previously, non-ceremonial transportation for the president was a 2011 Chevrolet Omega C, which was included in the presidential fleet and used by the president in some shifts. The car was even used in the parade of independence on September 7, 2016 and 2018, replacing the 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith (see below) traditionally used in the parade. Also, an armored 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid, built on a Ford CD3 platform, was received. This vehicle replaced the 2008 Ford Fusion used previously, at which point the Ford Fusion was also included in the presidential motorcade.
The state-provided vehicles of the federal government's most important officials (the president, ministers, magistrates, etc.) use green-and-yellow license plates (see below). Each plate is adorned with the coat of arms of Brazil and displays the official's title on it (such as President of the Republic, President of the Senate, Defense Minister, or Supreme Court President).
Ceremonial State Car
|Ceremonial State Car|
|Type||1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith|
|Designer||H. J. Mulliner & Co. (coachwork)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Full-size luxury car|
|Body style||4-door cabriolet|
|Engine||L6 (4,257 cc)|
|Curb weight||2,500 kg|
The ceremonial state car of Brazil is a 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, which is used by the President of Brazil on special occasions like Independence Day commemorations, state visits, and the inauguration of the President-elect. This is one of the two Rolls-Royce models purchased by former President Getúlio Vargas in 1953.
When Getúlio Vargas became president in 1951, he had two Cadillacs as official state cars, dating from 1941 and 1947 respectively. Rolls-Royce was chosen to prepare four Silver Wraith models with special modifications for security, with the intention to purchase two examples. Vargas received the first hardtop model on 31 January 1953. The first foreign head of state to use it was General Manuel Odria, President of Peru.
The government paid £5,831 for the hardtop model and £7,540 for the second Silver Wraith, a cabriolet. The cars were paid for by wealthy friends as a present to Vargas himself, on condition that he would donate them to the presidency at the end of his term in office.
With political problems, Vargas shot himself in the chest on 24 August 1954 and, with his suicide, the handover did not happen. The cars became part of the President's estate and were claimed by his family. The solution only came in 1957, although the cars had still been used by President Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira in the interim. The family took the hardtop Rolls-Royce and gave the cabriolet to the presidency. The last official service of the hardtop model was for the personal transportation of Berta Craveiro Lopes, wife of Portuguese president General Craveiro Lopes.
Queen Elizabeth II
The car can be seen in state ceremonies that take place on the first Sunday of each month at the Planalto Palace and in the streets around it. Sometimes, the car is also used for the rehearsal of state ceremonies and parades. Its speed limit is 80 km/h, but it is rarely seen to travel faster than 20 km/h.
The daily transportation of the President is made by modern vehicles, with the Rolls-Royce reserved exclusively for ceremonial occasions. In 2001, the Rolls-Royce was sent for restoration by President Fernando Henrique Cardoso after 48 years of service.
Jair Bolsonaro riding in the car in January 2019
Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament (kneeling version) on the car
- "Carros blindados para as famílias de Bolsonaro e Mourão". O Antagonista. 25 May 2019.
- Ford Fusion was received by Brazilian President from Ford Fusion Hybrid at Sao Paulo Auto Show Ford. Retrieved on 2010-11-28.
- Recibe Da Silva Ford Fusion Híbrido en Brasil Terra. Retrieved on 2010-11-28. (in Spanish)
- 'Protecionista', governo compra carros importados para transportar Dilma Retrieved on 2012-05-13.
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